Weekend Picks – January 28, 2010

Lei Chic’s guide to the weekend’s best events.

What: LOST geeks unite! Watch the Season 6 premiere three days before the rest of the world at a special Sunset on the Beach event. Cast members will attend, so you can swoon over Sawyer in person. Get there early to snag a spot on the beach, because thousands of fans are expected.
When: Saturday. Red carpet arrivals begin at 5 p.m., screening begins at 6:30 p.m.
Where: Waikiki Beach, across from the Honolulu Zoo
Details: Free. For more info, call 808.923.1094.
Photo credit: lost-media.com


Ace of Lace
What: Let your inner girly-girl out at the Shimmer & Lace party. Wear your best glitter and lace get up, take photos in the glam booth and have them posted on the web, and get entered to win prizes from Noelani Jewelry, Organik clothing, MUD Makeup Academy and Genuine Guava. Plus, sip on special “Sprinkles and Sprite” cocktails. It’s all for a good cause: bring art supplies like markers, scissors, paints, masking tape etc. to be donated to the Honolulu Academy of Art’s Children’s Art To Go program.
When: Friday, doors open at 9 p.m.
Where: Next Door, 43 N. Hotel St., Chinatown
Details: Lei Chic subscribers get in free — just give your email address at the door. Or if you don’t subscribe, sign up on the spot to get in free. Otherwise it’s $10 cover. More info at www.shimmerandlace.com

Swap it Like it’s Hot
What: Exchange your keiki’s outgrown clothing and toys at the Swap-a-Thon fundraiser for The Baby Hui. For each donated item, you’ll get a coupon to redeem for “new” items. Show your kiddos you can score sweet stuff while still being green.
When: Saturday. Drop-off at 8 a.m., swap from 9 to 11 a.m.
Where: Kahala Mall, New Hope Diamond Head Resource Center (above CPK)
Details: $20 donation at the door. For more info, call 808.728.3247 or click here

And The Oscar Goes To…
What: Get your tickets now for the Hawai‘i International Film Festival’s Oscar Night America party. The black tie affair includes an advanced telecast of the 82nd Academy Awards, complete with red carpet arrivals, a four-course meal and cocktails, a silent auction for film and TV memorabilia, and plenty of glitz and glamour.
When: Sunday, March 7, 4 p.m.
Where: Royal Hawaiian Hotel’s Monarch Ballroom
Details: For reservations, call 808.697.2463. For more info, click here


Cup O' Doodle
What: Brew up a new look for Fresh Cafe's hot to-go cups and enter to win $1,000 in cash and prizes in its Hot Cup Design Contest.
When: Now through March 1
Where: Snag an application at 831 Queen St., Kakaako
Details: $5 per entry. Eligible mediums include watercolor and oil paintings, drawings, sketches and graphic designs. Design must include the Fresh Cafe Logo, use a maximum of 8 colors, and be submitted in gif thumbnail format. For more info, call 808.688.8055 or email tiffany@freshcafehi.com.

Lean Cuisine
What: Resolved to eat healthy in 2010? Hit up the Licious Dishes Raw Kitchen Class and learn to prepare five different gourmet raw vegan meals using local organic ingredients, including a pumpkin seed mini loaf, zucchini bisque, spicy almond thai wraps, tamarind and spicy almond thai sauces, and raw almond butter with agave.
When: Sunday, 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Where: Kale Natural Food, Hawai‘i Kai Shopping Center
Details: $45. To register or for more info, call 808.536.9680.

Cherry Picking
What: Grab your top hat and tassels and shimmy down to the Cherry Blossom Cabaret's closed auditions where you can try out to become an emcee, stage-performer or apprentice.
When: Sunday, 1:30 to 4:30 p.m.
Where: Mercury Bar, 1154 Fort Street Mall, Downtown
Details: Email lolalovebc@yahoo.com to schedule an audition. For more info, call 808.537.3080 or click here.

Cuckoo for Cacao
What: Are you loco for cocoa? Then head up to the Hale‘iwa Farmers Market for the Hawaii Cacao Festival. You can taste chocolate recipes from Town’s Ed Kenney, Alan Wong and 21 Degrees North at Turtle Bay, enter your own chocolate creation in the recipe contest, tour Oahu’s only Cacao farm, and even take home a cacao tree for yourself.
When: Sunday, 9.a.m. to 1 p.m.
Where: Hale‘iwa Farmers Market, map it here
Details: Free. For more info, visit www.haleiwafarmersmarket.com/news